The Daily Show’s host, comedian Trevor Noah, has announced his resignation.
However, Noah acknowledged that he was “filled with gratitude for the journey” even though he was “another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring”
Since replacing Jon Stewart as host of the satirical news and conversation program in 2015, the 38-year-old has served as the host.
He stated that he will continue to serve as host while the timeframe of his departure was announced later.
Before migrating to the US in 2011, Noah started his career in his native South Africa, where he produced a number of stand-up specials and hosted a late-night chat show.
When he was chosen to take over the Daily Show on the Comedy Central network, he was still relatively unknown, but he has since gained international fame and won multiple television prizes.
At the conclusion of his show on Thursday, Noah made the surprise, drawing shocked gasps from the studio audience.
He thanked the show’s crew and loyal fans for an “amazing seven years”, adding: “It’s been wild, truly wild”.
“I remember when we first started… so many people didn’t believed in us,” he said. “[Appointing me as host] was a crazy bet to make. I still think it was a crazy choice, this random African.
“I just [find] myself filled with gratitude for the journey. It’s been absolutely amazing. It’s something that I never expected.”
After all that has occurred during his tenure as the show’s host, such as Donald Trump’s election as president and the Covid epidemic, he claimed that he has decided that his “time is up, but in the most beautiful way”
“I’ve loved hosting this show, it’s been one of my greatest challenges, it’s been one of my greatest joys. But after seven years, I feel like it’s time,” he said.
“I realised there’s another part of my life that I want to carry on exploring. I miss learning other languages, I miss going to other countries and putting on shows. I miss just being everywhere and doing everything.
“I’m really grateful to a network who believed in this random comedian nobody knew on this side of the world.
“I never dreamed that I would be here. I sort of felt like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I came in for a tour of what the previous show was, and then the next thing I know I was handed the keys.
“All I can say is thank you very much.”